[ trans-fur-uh ns, trans-fer-uh ns ]
/ trænsˈfɜr əns, ˈtræns fər əns /


the act or process of transferring.
the fact of being transferred.
  1. the shift of emotions, especially those experienced in childhood, from one person or object to another, especially the transfer of feelings about a parent to an analyst.
  2. displacement(def 7).

Origin of transference

From the New Latin word trānsferentia, dating back to 1675–85. See transfer, -ence
Related formsnon·trans·fer·ence, nounre·trans·fer·ence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for transference


/ (ˈtrænsfərəns, -frəns) /


the act or an instance of transferring or the state of being transferred
psychoanal the redirection of attitudes and emotions towards a substitute, such as towards the analyst during therapy
Derived Formstransferential (ˌtrænsfəˈrɛnʃəl), adjective
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Word Origin and History for transference


1680s; see transfer (v.) + -ence. In psychoanalytical sense it is recorded from 1911, translating German übertragung (Freud).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for transference


[ trăns-fûrəns, trănsfər-əns ]


In psychoanalysis, the process by which emotions associated with one person, such as a parent, unconsciously shift to another, especially to the analyst.
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